Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, right? Well, it should be but unfortunately most people think about what their guests will enjoy rather than planning a day that they will love. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money entertaining people that you hardly see, keep reading for some tips.
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Decide on an Invitation List
So you’ve thought it out and decided that getting married has benefits, such as tax relief and a better social standing. The problem you will now have is who do you invite to the wedding? Inviting your parents is a given; they’ll expect it as they’ll no doubt be paying towards some, if not all of it. However do you really need to invite your work mates and your second cousins? If you only see them once in a blue moon, they probably won’t mind whether they are invited or not.
Choosing the Right Wedding Venue
You’ve got your guest list planned, now you need to book a venue to say your vows. If you’re not religious don’t feel like you have to have a church wedding. How about your back yard? It’s cheap and you don’t have to go far. Or what about the beach? As long as you’ve got your marriage license or banns you can choose almost anywhere, even your local bar if they’re agreeable.
Food and Drink
People expect food and drink at a wedding, and a slice of cake doesn’t count, so you need to think of something else. If you don’t fancy spending hundreds of dollars on outside caterers, consider having a buffet of sandwiches, potato chips, and pastries. Avoid having an open bar and instead either ask guests to bring a bottle, or supply the bubbly for the toasts and leave it there. Lots of people visit weddings for the free food and drink, and if that’s all they’re attending for, they’ll be better off not being on your guest list.
Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses
One of the biggest expenses at a wedding are the gowns for the bride and bridesmaids. This expense can be cut down significantly, if not totally, by asking your bridesmaids to wear their prom dresses. Wedding and prom dresses are usually only worn once, so why not kill two birds with one stone. The groom can always pop down to the mall to buy a shirt and tie if he wants to dress up, and you also don’t have to wear a traditional bridal gown – just choose something that makes you feel comfortable and that you look good in. One thing that you should spend some time on is finding wedding bands that both of you are happy with – after all, you will have to wear them for the rest of your married lives.
The Big Day
The big day has finally come, you’ve followed all this invaluable advice and everyone is looking at you. Whilst you may have some guests who are unhappy that their needs haven’t been catered for, hopefully everyone will appreciate that this is your day and be happy for you. Even the best wedding can be done on a budget so don’t feel afraid to do it your way and spend the excess money on your honeymoon.